Often known as “Amiela”, Erna Heinen-Steinhoff (1898-1969) left behind many writings. These creations include countless letters and numerous diaries. These texts are considerable, but not widely published.
Erwin Bowien (1899-1972) collected her commentaries and quotations in a manuscript that remains unpublished to this day. Not only did he dedicate many lines to her in his autobiography “The beautiful play between spirit and world: My life as a painter”, which was published posthumously in 1995, but also in his key work: “Heures Perdues du Matin: Journal d'un Artiste Peintre, Alpes Bavaroises, 9.IX.1944-10.V.1945.”, which was published in France in the year 2000 . Not unlike Sartre in his journals, this final work, written in French and published by important Parisian publisher L'Harmattan, tells the experience of being in internal exile, a refugee. Bowien describes his life in a remote corner of the Allgäu from 9th November 1944 until the end of the Second World War. Erna Heinen-Steinhoff, whom he refers to as “Amiela”, is also a central figure of this text.
Numerous diaries from the period between 1930 and 1969 as well as letters from the same era. An academic analysis of the material is yet to take place.